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Climate Change, The Humanities, and Planetary Citizenship


A video microlecture by Stephanie LeMenager, Radcliffe Institute fellow (2016–2017), Harvard University titled ‘Climate Citizenship and the Humanities’. This short video discusses the role of the Humanities in understanding climate change and dealing with its impacts. It introduces the term ‘planetary citizens’ in an era of unpredictable climate futures. It further discusses issues such as climate justice, ecological scarcity, resource scarcity, globalisation, and inequities.

Students will understand the importance of the Humanities in understanding climate change and its impacts. They will further understand the need to address what it means to be a planetary citizen to be able to deal with unprecedented future climate issues.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Describe the term ‘planetary citizenship’.
  2. How can humanities help in dealing with climate change impacts?
About Tool
Tool Name Stephanie LeMenager Climate Citizenship and the Humanities Radcliffe Institute
Discipline Humanities, Social Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change Overview, Planetary Citizenship
Climate Topic Climate Literacy, Climate and Society
Type of tool Video (2 min 20 sec) 
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Harvard University
Hosted at YouTube
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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